Wednesday, August 23, 2017

THE POWER TO FORGIVE SINS 2

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LET'S SEE a PRACTICAL EXAMPLE of the church exercising this authority ON THE LORD'S BEHALF and IN HIS PRESENCE.

1 Corinthians 5:1-5
It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles--that a man has his father's wife!
For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed.
IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, when you are GATHERED TOGETHER, along with my spirit, WITH THE POWER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,
DELIVER SUCH a one TO SATAN FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF THE FLESH, THAT HIS SPIRIT MAY BE SAVED in the day of the Lord Jesus.

This was an UNREPENTANT brother who was SINNING OPENLY without inhibition.

PAUL passed judgment on his sins IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. He wasn't told he had been forgiven because he was a believer. No. HE WAS HANDED OVER TO SATAN as a PUNISHMENT for his sinning.

His sins were RETAINED.

Now, that he was punished and not forgiven, it is evident in the second letter to this church, where the matter was again addressed..

2 Corinthians 2:6,8
This PUNISHMENT which was inflicted by the majority is sufficient for such a man,
Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him.

2 Corinthians 2:10
NOW WHOM YOU FORGIVE ANYTHING, I ALSO FORGIVE. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I HAVE FORGIVEN that one for your sakes IN THE PRESENCE OF CHRIST

Now, WHEN THE BROTHER REPENTED, Paul said the PUNISHMENT was enough, and that the fellow should be forgiven by the church, and that would equate to his forgiving him in the presence of Christ, and therefore God's forgiveness.

NOTE THAT both the passing of judgment and the forgiveness of sin was done by the apostle and church fully representing Jesus Christ, in His name, and in His presence.

That's delegated and representative authority through the church.
To be continued.
-Dr. Ebele UzorPeters

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